So it's Tuesday, not WeNerdsDay, but after perusing my homepage and seeing how many news stories are using apostrophes in the headlines I thought I'd mention it here.
I have been a grammar nerd from time to time, and certainly have been on the side of the righteous when it comes to the its/it's debate, but this is larger than that. Perhaps sarcasm doesn't need its own font (though I still like the concept of reverse italics), it just needs apostrophes.
Simply by applying apostrophes to a simple headline, the whole meaning is brought into question. It's the little differences. Example:
The new retirement plan versus The new 'retirement' plan
The whole meaning is brought into question. Amazing how two little marks can introduce so much doubt, suspicion or doublespeak to a simple sentence.
Iran 'releases 140 demonstrators' versus Iran releases 140 demonstrators
Really, if you were a demonstrator, which headline would you prefer?
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